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>> all right. i'm jim rosen field. >> and i'm jacqueline london. "nbc nightly news" is next with lester holt. come back and see us tonight at 11:00. tonight, you're fired. his campaign in crisis, donald trump axes his campaign manager. now speaking out to nbc news. new details about how it went down, were trumps kids behind it. we talk to donald trump jr. burning up, temperatures nearing 120 degrees, shattering records. new evacuations as fires rage across eight states. the killer's 911 call. what he said during the orlando massacre, as controversy erupts over the parts the fed didn't want us all to see. a young hollywood star dies in a tragic accident, crushed by his own suv. tonight word that vehicle was under recall. an alert for over 1 million owners. and cleveland
rocks. after one of the greatest comebacks of all-time, a celebration fit for a king. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. you're fired was the signature line for donald trump, the "apprentice" host. but today the stakes were a lot higher than a reality tv show. trump delivered that message to his campaign manager and sometimes lightning rod cory lewin dow ski. his dismissal, adversity from the trump camp and appears to bring to light the strong influence of the trump children. nbc's katy tur has the details. >> reporter: after more than a year by his side, donald trump ousted his campaign manager, cory lewin dow ski after an early-morning meeting with his children.
evan ka, eric and donald jr. urged him to cut dies with lewin dow ski. >> we released cory from the campaign. we had a great relationship with cory. everything was very amicable. i think it's a natural process of transition from campaign to presumptive nominee. >> reporter: they said ivanka was the final straw. >> good job, cory. >> reporter: didn't act until today. he faced a perfect storm of bad news. down seven points to hillary clinton in the latest poll, being outpent by her $23 million to zero in battleground states, and facing a gop on the verge of mutiny. lewin dow ski blindsided by the 9:30 a.m. firing praised his former boss. >> it's been so amazing. i wouldn't change one second of my time with
mr. trump other than to say, thank you. it's been a great privilege and honor. >> reporter: a conservative operative from new hampshire, lewandowski's motto was let trump be trump. that allowed the candidate to alienate himself from the republican party, causing deep fractures like pushing issues on the muslim ban, and attacks on a judge over his heritage. lewandowski losing out to pivot to the general election. as chief rival paul metafor takes over. >> he's done this on a much bigger level. >> reporter: tonight party sources tell me they hope this change will allow the campaign to grow. both on messaging, and with hires, specifically that manafort will positively be able to influence trump on rhetoric in a way that lewandowski could not. late word from
federal authorities about a scary incident involving a man arrested at a trump rally in vegas. our justice correspondent pete williams is in washington. pete, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, lester, the secret service said this happened on saturday when donald trump was in las vegas on a political rally. investigators say while the event was under way at a hotel, a 19-year-old man walked up to a uniformed policeman and tried to grab the officer's gun but was not able to get it. when sanford was arrested he said he wanted the gun, quote, to shoot and kill trump. the court document said he told the secret service he drove to las vegas last thursday from california and went to a firing range to learn how to shoot a gun. according to the criminal complaint, sanford, quote, further stated that if he were on the street tomorrow, he would try this again. law enforcement official said sanford appears to have mental problems. he's charged with an act of violence against someone under secret service
protection. >> pete williams in the washington newsroom, thank you. another major story we're covering this evening, a deadly heat wave, shattering records, baking much of the west and fueling massive fires, exploding across eight states. a smoke plume rising over the city of los angeles, looks almost like a volcano. miguel almaguer was in the hot zone. >> reporter: tonight across the west, it's a race to save property and lives. by air, and ground, no time to spare. for paramedics in arizona, over 100 rescues today, reaching this man suffering from heatstroke just in time. five lives lost in phoenix from heat related causes. >> it's pretty brutal. >> reporter: the deadly heat wave has 29 million under heat advisories. the west is baking, and burning. new blazes are eru
erupting. this one in the foothills above los angeles forcing evacuations right now. heat fueling these infernos. this is what one driver saw on a freeway, 200 firefighters responding. new mexico, arizona, and california are tinderboxes. three firefighters in santa barbara rescued after heat exhaustion. the triple-digit temps as dangerous as the flames. >> you've definitely got to stay hydrated. that's the big thing, drinking water throughout the night and through the day. >> reporter: with temperatures 20 degrees above average, cooling stations are filling up fast. >> this is our disaster. we don't have hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes, we have excessive heat. >> reporter: the power grid remains under stress. still, for many, there's no escaping the heat. >> the record-breaking temperatures cautioned by the area of high pressure that's been very strong and stuck in place. >> reporter: this deadly heat wave punishing much of the country, leaving millions sweltering into another dangerous
night. phoenix feels like an oven. the temperature here reaching 115 degrees, tying an all-time record high. many of the deaths in the city happened on trails like this. bicyclists and hikers simply not prepared for the weather. emergency officials tell us they expect the death toll to climb before the temperatures drop. lester? >> miguel almaguer tonight, thank you. now to the chilling 911 calls made by the orlando terrorist inside the pulse nightclub. we now know what he told the dispatcher while carrying out his killing spree. and the new details are not without controversy over what the feds didn't want us to see before making a reversal late today. nbc's gabe gutierrez has those details. >> reporter: at 2:35 a.m., more than a half hour after the first gunshots, omar mateen calls 911 and speaks to a dispatcher for 50 seconds. in arabic he says, praise be to god, and prayers as well as peace be bon the prophet of god. he admits, i'm in orlando, and i did the
shootings. >> he did so in a chilling, calm and deliberate manner. >> reporter: mateen then said, i pledge allegiance to abu baghdadi. he omitted any reference to isis. but critics like paul ryan said the administration was minimizing the threat. the fbi released an unredacted version calling the controversy an unnecessary distraction. >> we're not going to propagate rhetoric. >> reporter: with hostage negotiators, mateen identifies himself as an islamic soldier and demands america stops bombing syria and iraq. he falsely said he has explosives in a vehicle outside. by 4:21, police pull an air conditioning unit out of a dressing room window for survivors to evacuate. at 5:02, the s.w.a.t. team storms the building. >> i think there's this misconception we didn't do anything for
three hours. >> reporter: last night, under a poignant rainbow, an estimated 50,000 people honored the victims. brenda mccool was 49. she had beaten cancer twice. >> she was the mom everybody wanted. >> reporter: at her funeral today, her son isiah said good-bye. >> i never thought that her life would be ending right infront of my eyes. >> reporter: federal law enforcement officials tell nbc news, so far they've found no evidence to suggest that omar mateen had ever been inside the pulse nightclub before the shooting. so far ballistics evidence indicate that all the victims were shot by mateen and not by police friendly fire. lester? >> gabe gutierrez in orlando, thank you. a major showdown in the nation's capital this evening. the senate voting on four gun control proposals. and donald trump now clarifying comments he made about carrying guns after the remarks appeared to cause friction with the nra.
nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: from congress to the campaign trail, the gun debate center stage, with donald trump now forced to walk back what he said about what could have happened at an orlando nightclub last week. >> if some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here, and goes boom, boom, you know what? that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight. >> reporter: trump tweeting today, he was obviously talking about arming additional guards. but that wasn't so obvious. his clarification coming after pushback from the nra. >> no one thinks that people should go in a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms. >> reporter: it's more daylight between trump and gun rights lobbyists after the candidate suggested he's open to restricting those on the terror watch list from buying guns. that's part of the democratic proposal in congress. most republicans worry that casts too wide a net in a debate that's deja vu, virtually the same as after san bernardino. what is different now
than four months ago? it's virtually -- >> orlando. >> orlando? >> we had one of the biggest massacres in our history. >> reporter: now another political litmus test. a show vote? >> we'll find out where people stand, whether they stand with the constitution or whether they believe the constitution might should be trampled. >> this issue which used to be easy for republicans to stand in lock step with the nra, has become a liability for them. >> reporter: late tonight, with every single senator participating in voting for the first time all year, three gun control proposals have failed as expected. the fourth probably won't pass either. lester? >> all right. hallie, thank you. a city with the nation's third highest violent crime rate is without a police chief tonight. in fact, oakland, california, has lost three chiefs over nine days. amid a growing sexual misconduct scandal. now another bombshell. officers also under investigation for alleged racist messages.
nbc's stephanie gosk has the story. >> reporter: oakland, california, police force is reeling from a sexual misconduct scandal. in less than two weeks, three heads of the department have either resigned or been removed. >> it's a shame. it's a disgrace. and they need to get out of our city. >> reporter: tonight there is still no police chief. >> i am here to run a police department. not a frat house. >> reporter: the mayor put a civilian in charge of the department on friday. >> to root out what is clearly a toxic macho culture. >> reporter: the case centers around this 18-year-old, celeste, who did not use her actual name. she told kntv that she had sex with oakland police officers in exchange for money and information. and that she has text messages to prove it. at one point, she alleged that three of the encounters took place when she was underage. but she has given conflicting accounts to the media. in may, internal affairs opened an
investigation. since then, two policemen have resigned and three have been put on paid leave. >> we need to change the culture. we need to hire and recruit people who respect the community, and who don't think sexual misconduct towards minors is acceptable. >> reporter: the mayor also revealed that there's an ongoing investigation into racist text messages sent by black police officers. the department had already been under federal monitoring since 2003, for allegations of evidence tampering and brutality. and the city has one of the highest crime rates in the country. now oakland has to try and keep the peace while the police department is forced to clean house. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. risky rescue mission at the bottom of the world tonight. two planes have been dispatched to the south pole, where at least one worker is in desperate need of care at a remote research center. but it's in the middle of winter there, and as nbc's keir simmons explains, the journey to bring help is extremely dangerous.
>> reporter: tonight rescue is getting closer to a sick and stranded worker at a remote south pole research station. two specially equipped aircraft have reached antarctica. the sun never rises, only occasional moonlight. the temperatures 70 below. so cold, jet fuel freezes. they must reach a place one pilot describes that's hard to get to. >> you're the only aircraft operating on an entire continent. flying ten hours to the south pole in darkness. cold temperatures. if anything happens on that flight, you have to support yourself. >> reporter: the journey ahead perilous. one plane must fly 1500 miles to the national science foundation. if it fails, the second plane will launch its own search and rescue mission. operations like these are rare. in 1999, jerry neilsen couldn't be rescued. forced to administer her own chemotherapy
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finally tonight, the half century championship drought is over in cleveland. lebron james and the cavaliers completing an unprecedented series comeback to win the title over the golden state warriors. they're still not done celebrating in cleveland where we find our ron motte. >> reporter: for generations, a city where no one wanted to be, cleveland finally has the last laugh, america, by decree of the king, lebron james. today touching down to a hero's welcome. mobbed by thousands at the airport, trophy in hand. before heading home, a pit stop at a vegas nightclub, after an
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